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BRIDGES Rural, Part 2: New report features 5 pilots, 5 design insights + 5 questions for your rural college

Rural community college students learn manufacturing and industrial engineering

A rural revival is happening across America.

That’s because rural communities have so much to offer, from a renewed focus on access to affordable, reliable broadband; to an increase in remote job opportunities; and, last but not least, access to gorgeous landscapes and scenery that cannot be paralleled. Despite their assets, there is a great deal of investment and attention still needed to help rural communities realize their full potential, and we believe community colleges have a role to play.

That’s why the Lab launched BRIDGES Rural, an initiative supported by Ascendium Education Group aimed at strengthening the capacity of rural community colleges to serve as critical economic growth engines for their learners and communities.

As we enter the final phase of the human-centered design process – the Launch phase – the Lab releases BRIDGES Rural Design Insights Part 2: Designing + Piloting a New Approach to Economic Agility in Rural Communities.


In this brief, you’ll find:

+ 5 pilots from rural community colleges in Idaho, New York, Maine and Ohio.

+ 5 design insights that address access, flexibility, relevance and affordability.

+ 5 critical questions to help your institution better meet learner and community needs.


Download the brief:

About Education Design Lab: The Lab is a national nonprofit that co-designs, prototypes, and tests education-to-workforce models through a human-centered design process focused on understanding learners’ experiences, addressing equity gaps in higher education, and connecting new majority learners to economic mobility.

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